am 30. November 2011
Having enjoyed NS's magnificent and touching second ("The History of Love") and third novel ("The Great House") earlier, her debut novel is a bit disappointing. This reader did not feel the urgency of the later books. Surely, it is well-researched and competently put on paper, but it lacks the passionate combination of brilliant plotting and imagination, warmth and energy of her two later novels. On the back cover it is said [by the Washington Post] that the book's final page is worth savoring. This reader stared and stared, wondering what he missed, feeling dumb.
The novel is about memory loss and memory transfer and is situated in New York, Nevada and California. The story: (1) a dirty, dehydrated man in a suit is found by Nevada highway police and hospitalized. He does not know his own name. He turns out to be Samson Greene (SG), a 36-year old Columbia University professor from New York, declared missing by his wife and his English Literature department. (2) the hospital in Las Vegas finds a brain tumor and removes it quickly. It may have been the cause of SG's westward trip. After the operation, he remembers only his first 12 years in California: his memory loss occurred in New York and his move westward was homeward, to his mother. (3) back in NY, his initial key interests and fears are those of a 12-year old. He does not recognize anything because the last 24 years of his memory have evaporated. His wife Anna, dog Frank, apartment, friends, colleagues? Nothing. But looking over his apartment fills him with some pride. (4) Tests, therapy cannot bring back the 24 lost years, but show that Samson is still highly intelligent and that his brain picks up and stores every new event and experience perfectly. After Samson has read all the books he ordered his students to read, and abandons midway his first session his course for PC late adopters, he concludes it is impossible to pick up his former life.(5) He negotiates with U/Columbia a severance deal whereby Anna can continue to live in the faculty-owned flat and moves to a sublet of a former student.
There, one night, he receives a phone call from Ray, a neuroscientist, colleague of the brain researcher who monitored him since his return to NY. Ray invites him to become part of a thrilling, new research effort in the Nevada desert.
And from then on, unfortunately, this novel begins to spin out of control... But it remains a valiant effort of a former poet and short-story write to control and master the characters she created.
am 15. Februar 2008
Samson Greene looses his memories of everything after the age of twelve when he is in his thirties. Not particularly interested in recovering them, he participates in an exhilerating and frightening experiment to fill the empty landscape of his mind.
While I found it sometimes difficult to emphasize with Samson, Nicole Krauss writes with so much imagination about the people he meets on his way that you more watch a movie than read a book - at once dreamlike and totally real. Great book, even if it is not quite as good as "History of Love".
am 7. Juni 2011
Ich bin durch einen Fernsehbeitrag auf dieses Buch gestoßen und muss sagen, ich bin begeistert!
Der Klappentext stimmt (was bei der ins Deutsche übersetzten Version von 'The History of Love' leider nicht der Fall ist).
Ich will hier nicht auf den Inhalt eingehen, sondern nur sagen, dass hier so zeimlich alles stimmt, auch der Schluss (der so manch gute Story entwerten kann) ist gelungen. Die Geschichte endet, wenn es nichts mehr zu sagen gibt - genau zum richtigen Zeitpunkt! Stilistisch sehr schön gelungen, trotz der verhältnismäßig unpräzisen englischen Sprache im direkten Verglich zum Deutschen!
Kann ich nur jedem ans Herz legen!
am 17. Januar 2011
Positiv: Das Buch wurde mir sehr schnell zugeschickt.
Negativ: Das Buch verdient nicht die Zustandsbeschreibung GUT oder OK. Aufgrund einer halben herausgerissenen Seite und einem welligen, gelblich eingefärbten Rand wäre ein MANGELHAFT angebracht. Deshalb gibt es nach einigen Überlegungen meinerseits weniger Sterne, denn es gibt ähnlich preiswerte Bücher zu kaufen, die in besserem Zustand sind. Nächstes Mal einfach zutreffendere Beschreibung(am besten Aufzählung der Mängel), dann kann man/frau entscheiden, ob er/sie es kaufen will.